Bond, James Bond: Sean Connery
Arch Rival: Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe)
Bond Girl: Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)
What followed next would be my favorite Bond film of all time – Goldfinger (1964). In this installment of the series Bond follows Auric Goldfinger, a wealthy gold trafficker whose sole intention remains to control the flow of gold all over the world. He is assisted by his deadpan soldier Oddjob whose throw of his hat can spice a man into two and veteran pilot Pussy Galore and her team of trained fliers. As Goldfinger is concocting a plan called Operation Grand Slam with the Chinese agents Bond overhears and promptly gets captured. Goldfinger later rejoices telling his plan to the seemingly helpless bond. According to it, Pussy Galore’s team of pilots would spread a certain type of nerve gas in the area around Fort Knox and paralyzing everyone around. Goldfinger would meanwhile take a weapon-laden truck into Fort Knox, blow it out and hence destroy the total gold supply of the country. Then the whole world would have to beg him for gold. Mwhahahahaha….
Quintessential Bond film entertains audience with the same charm today as it might have at the time of its release. Intentionally over the top, Goldfinger has become the template of all megalomaniacs that would follow, even the most comic ones. The film’s got everything in boosted proportions – an immensely evil plan, Bond in severe trouble, fantastic action and entertainment. A hat trick film for the young Bond series. You haven’t watched Bond if you haven’t watched Goldfinger.